Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
24Trip End Nov 30, 2010
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Which is why I am so damned proud of myself for getting to my hostel. I had a moment where I stood in the massive bus terminal, surrounded by people who all knew their way, with no grasp of Portuguese, carrying my huge backpack and thought I would get a cab. But I saw an entrance to the metro (underground) and thought I would give it a try! It took a bit of standing around, some serious thinking, and one funny moment of charades with a scared looking Brazilian woman but I finally made it to my hostel, on the opposite side of the city with two changes
The hostel I'm staying in now is very much a party hostel - lots of people a bit younger (and more energetic) than me who are drinking their way across South America! But they are really nice - there are a couple of Aussie girls here who have taken me under their wing and call me the 'non-drinking English girl'! My 4 capirinhas compared with their 20 makes me a veritable amateur at this drinking lark!
Last night a group from the hostel went out to a local club, which kicked off at 1am (not going to be able to keep this up for long!) - the club was weird - the hallways were all really modern with amazing lighting in the ceilings and floors (Lili - Rob will appreciate that I now notice club lighting because of him! Its all about the ding ding dings!) - but the inside of the club was like a 70's playboy mansion - all horrible swirls of dark orange and brown! We went into the basement club expecting some good tunes and were confronted with 60's rock - Dad would have had a ball in there! As it was, we had a good laugh dancing like idiots. The most surreal moment of my life so far has to be dancing to a Rolling Stones song and seeing two dwarfs (or little people, depending on the PC term!) dressed as Oopma Loompas enter the room and start dancing
Today I went to book my onward ticket to Campo Grande, which is an awesome 14 hours on a bus! Ouch! I booked an Éxecutivo seat, which I'm sure you can guess is a good one! The bus leaves at 8pm and get into town sometime the next morning. The buses here are pretty plush - none of this dodgy vehicles and chickens lark that you see in the movies! You get a huge seat with loads of leg room, a big head rest, a leg rest that folds down from the seat in front to make a sort of bed, and drinks and food! Also the aircon is so good that you need to take a blanket because it gets so cold! Actually looking forward to my first night bus here, in a bit of a perverse way, but that curiosity will die by the second one, I'm sure!
Still really loving the travelling - got some amazing plans ahead for activities outside of cities, which is kind of more what I am looking forward to. The cities here are full of girls that look like Giselle Bundchen and guys that look like Ronaldo - intimidating is not the word! Especially when you came away without hair straighteners! I am looking forward to being out of the city where I can wear my khaki trousers and flip flops with pride.
I keep thinking of things to write on here - little musings about life in South America but I'm sure most of them have escaped me right now! I will be sure to make some notes from now on, to refer to!
So - tomorrow begins the epic journey into the Southern Pantanal - a marsh wetland with the second best wildlife opportunities outside of Africa (Don't be jealous mum!) - Will surely have lots to say in a few days time when I'm back from sleeping in a hammock and piranha fishing!